There is a certain amount of mental training that must occur before you can let that stiletto hit the runway. From mock interviews to paperwork studying, it is crucial that you know your stuff. Speaking from personal experience, I feel most at ease and prepared when I have exhausted every form of practice, especially interview wise. Additionally, preparing for a pageant could be a spiritual experience for some contestants. Faith can be a crutch and support system when one is involved in a stressful endeavor like a pageant.